The Kensington College of Business (KCB) is a partner with the University of Chester – one of the oldest British Institutions devoted to Higher Education in the UK. The University of Chester has been committed to delivering success for more than 175 years and the wealth of experience is reflected in consistently high levels of student satisfaction, resultant employability and the successes of its graduates.

KCB combines the history of the University of Chester with an eight-storey building in Central London to deliver the BA Accounting & Finance Degree* programme.

1 Career opportunities

There are two broad career paths for Accountancy graduates:

a) Working for a firm of accountants such as KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloittes or Price Waterhouse Coopers, or one of the many other respected accountancy firms.

b) Being employed as an accountant in many other types of commercial, charitable or government organisation such as Google, the NHS or Cancer Research where you can climb the career ladder.

2. This course will, in addition, provide a sound foundation for those who aspire to work in the highly challenging areas of: investment, insurance, banking, financial analysis and management.

3. Job security is high as firms always need accountants to manage their finances, even during economic downturns.

4 Own Business. You will gain the knowledge to start up your own Accountancy business, management and financial consultancy or small business advisory service.

5 Professional Recognition To practise as an accountant in the UK, it is essential to become a member of a professional accountancy body. This degree programme has been mapped against examinations of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA).

6 Further study Graduates from this degree can further their studies either by taking the exams of a professional association such as ACCA or a postgraduate business degree such as an MSc or MBA.

The Course is divided into 3 levels with 6 subjects or modules in each level as the table below explains:

Level  – 4 Level  – 5 Level  – 6
Business Communications Business Law Strategic Management
Business Management Management Accounting Performance Management
Introduction to Accounting Human Resource Management Financial Management
Business Environment  Management of Operations  Taxation
Marketing Fundamentals Financial Accounting  Financial Reporting
Quantitative Studies  Management of Digital Systems  Audit and Assurance

The subjects are assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations with exams mostly used in the Accounting and IT subjects and coursework for the other subjects.

For each subject the pass mark is 40%.

If a student completes:

  • All 6 subjects from Level 4, you will be awarded with a University Certificate of Higher Education in Accounting and Finance. Cert.HE
  • All 12 subjects from Level 4 and Level 5, you will be awarded with the University Diploma of Higher Education in Accounting and Finance. Dip.HE 
  • completes all 18 subjects or Level 4, 5 and 6, they will be awarded a University Degree: a BA Hons in Accounting and Finance.                                                 

* Teach-out